Chianti Rufina Riserva

Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva - Tuscan red wine

The most famous wine from the estate is the Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG. This is the definition of the appellation, a classic Chianti Rufina consisting of mostly Sangiovese with small amounts of Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. In accordance with the DOCG regulations, it is aged 24 months in barrel plus another 3 months in the bottle.

Tasting Notes
It appears a deep, purple-edged ruby red, of impressive brilliance. Solid fruit notes of wild blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and dark cherry emerge initially on the nose, gradually yielding to more pungent impressions of sage, rosemary, vanilla, and cinnamon. That spiciness segues onto the palate, and then into a finish that ends with a flourish of balsam, black pepper, and cocoa powder. The mid-palate shows alcoholic warmth and roundness, while the tannins and acidity are noticeable, adding to the wine’s overall harmony.
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Food Pairing Suggestions
Barbecued meat and beef stews, aged cheeses.
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Ratings & Reviews
2007 Vintage
#1 in Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2011
93 points - Wine Enthusiast, April 1, 2011
91 points - Wine Spectator, October 31, 2010
#65 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2010

2006 Vintage
91 points, Smart Buy - Wine Spectator, October 31, 2009

2005 Vintage
90 points - Wine Spectator, October 31, 2008
#76 in Wine Spectator Top 100, 2008

2004 Vintage
91 points, Smart Buy - Wine Spectator, October 15, 2007
#56 in Wine Spectator's Top 100, 2007
88 points - Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2007

2003 Vintage
90 points - Wine Advocate #171, June 2007
88 points - Wine Spectator, October 31, 2006
88 points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 1, 2007

2002 Vintage
90 points, Smart Buy - Wine Spectator, October 31, 2005
#86 in Wine Spectator's Top 100, 2005

2001 Vintage
88 points - Wine Spectator, October 15, 2004
90 points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 1, 2006
88 points - Wine Advocate #164, April 2006